Attorneys often face situations where they need (or want) to terminate a client relationship for one reason or another. These reasons may range from conflicts of interest, unlawful behavior, inability to fulfill obligations (by either the client or the attorney), or fundamental disagreements. When is withdrawal from a case required? When is it optional? What ethical obligations must be considered in the termination of such a relationship? What steps can be taken to stay in compliance with ethical rules and avoid discipline or professional liability and prevent the pitfalls that may occur when firing a client? In this webinar, you will learn guidelines for deciding when to fire which clients and how to go about it if the relationship has become problematic. You will learn about the following topics:

Guidelines for Deciding IF or WHEN to Fire a Client

  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • When you MUST Withdraw
    • Violation or Law or Ethics Rules
    • Impairment
    • Discharged
  • When you CAN Withdraw
    • Client Consent
    • No Adverse Affect
    • You’ve Been Used
    • Fundamental Disagreements
    • Unfulfilled Obligations
    • Unreasonable Burden
  • Guidelines for Deciding WHO to Fire
    • The Pareto Principal
    • Opportunity Costs & Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
    • Communication & Expectations
    • Resolution With Updates to Written Contracts
  • Guidelines for HOW to Fire a Client
    • When to Get Court Approval
    • Protecting the Client’s Interests
    • Remaining Professional
    • Consider a Referral
    • Review Your Contract
    • End it Quickly
    • Accommodating Unstable Clients
    • Plan Ahead, Making it a Process
Faculty Member
Noel Bagwell
Executive Legal Professionals

Noel Bagwell is President and Chief Legal Counsel of Executive Legal Professionals, a business law firm that provides business legal services and strategic legal counsel to business leadership. Noel also serves as the Start-ups & Small Business Aspect of Practice Leader for the National Center for Preventive Law. He is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

CLE Credits (Law)

NALA--Credit not available
NFPA--Credit not available
AL1.5 Ethics
AK1.5 Ethics
ARNot Available Ethics
AZ1.5 Ethics
CA1.5 Ethics
CO1.8 Ethics
CT1.5 Ethics
DE1.5 Ethics
FL1.8 Ethics
GA1.5 Ethics
HI1.5 Ethics
IA1.5 Ethics
ID1.5 Ethics
IL1.5 Ethics
IN1.5 Ethics
KSNot Available Ethics
KY1.5 Ethics
LA1.5 Ethics
ME1.5 Ethics
MN1.5 Ethics
MO1.8 Ethics
MS1.5 Ethics
MT1.5 Ethics
NC1.5 Ethics
ND1.5 Ethics
NENot Available Ethics
NH1.5 Ethics
NJ1.8 Ethics
NM1.5 Ethics
NV1.5 Ethics
NY1.8 Ethics
OH1.5 Ethics
OK1.8 Ethics
OR1.5 Ethics
PA1.5 Ethics
RINot Available Ethics
SCNot Available Ethics
TN1.5 Ethics
TX1.5 Ethics
UT1.5 Ethics
VANot Available Ethics
VT1.5 Ethics
WA1.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
WI1.8 Ethics
WV1.8 Ethics
WY1.5 Ethics

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